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John Day man charged with pointing firearm at another

By Sean Hart

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 15, 2017 5:40PM

Last changed on September 18, 2017 2:48PM


A John Day man has been charged with pointing a firearm at another after an incident Sept. 9 at The Ugly Truth Bar & Grill.

Joseph William Leo, 40, faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and pointing a firearm at another, both misdemeanors, according to court documents.

The document filed by Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter accuses Leo of carrying a concealed firearm and purposely pointing it at Brian Hubbard.

John Day Police Sgt. Damon Rand said the department was notified of an incident at 12:11 a.m. Sept. 9.

Rand said Leo was arrested without incident and was the only person arrested. He said no shots were fired, and no one was injured.

He said he would not discuss the details of the case pending trial.

Leo could not be reached for comment. His plea hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Oct. 26.

Greg Honachefsky from New Jersey said he was in John Day playing poker at the bar when a man came in and joined the game. He said a verbal confrontation occurred, and later he saw the man had drawn a gun beneath the table and pointed it at Hubbard.

No one else had seen the gun, Honachefsky said, so he asked Hubbard to go outside.

Hubbard said they went outside to smoke, and Honachefsky told him Leo had a gun. He said they saw the gun while Leo was leaning over the bar, so they subdued him and took the gun.

Honachefsky said he had flashbacks of the incident during his entire drive home to New Jersey.

“Every morning I still see it all and want to puke,” he said.



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